The emergency services are ready for Halloween often one of their busiest times of the year.
Fire and ambulance services are often stretched to the limit on Hallowe'en night and extra Gardaí are out on the streets. One Dublin youth club however has successfully managed to keep young people out of trouble.
Members of the Tallaght Adventure Youth Group have spent days collecting material for their bonfires, which have been lit in a dedicated safe area in Jobstown. Fireworks are also part of tonight's celebrations supervised by the club’s youth workers in a relaxed but controlled environment. Previous Hallowe’ens for these children have been quite different, as one boy puts it,
If the club wasn’t there we’d probably be sitting around bonfires, smashing up cars, whatever.
Membership in this youth club and engagement with other youth organisations in Jobstown is on the up, and antisocial behaviour on Hallowe’en night has declined, according to Paul Morris of the Tallaght Adventure Youth Group,
Since the club has come along, and lot of other youth groups that have started up in Jobstown, has helped that ease off.
It is not all good news. The fire brigade has been working flat out all day, and the night is still young. Blazing bonfires are their main concern this evening, says Tom Mc Cabe, Mobilisation Officer at the Dublin County Area Fire Service,
Throwing a gas cylinder on the fire, that’s one of the worst case scenarios you can have.
Maurice Byrne, Chief Inspector at the Dublin Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is also on patrol, as this is one night when unfortunate animals suffer horrific injuries. From an animal welfare perspective he describes it as,
A particularly nasty night.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 October 2000. The reporter is Anne-Marie Green.